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An introduction to alcohol and drug support in Sheffield

There’s lots of information, advice and support to help you with your drinking if you’re worried about your alcohol use.  There’s also lots of information, advice and support to help you with drug and substance misuse and other types of addiction. 

Alcohol support

Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team (Start) is the single ‘front door’ to alcohol treatment in Sheffield, if you want to talk to someone about your, or someone else’s alcohol use.

Start can offer the following:

  • assessment
  • advice and support to anyone wanting to make changes to their alcohol use
  • a range of treatment options following assessment


If you’re worried about your drinking and want more information, visit the NHS Choices drinking and alcohol page. It’s packed with information like:

  • what it’s like to take part in Dry January
  • how many calories are in alcohol
  • the effects of binge drinking on your mind and body
  • what a unit of alcohol is
  • tips on cutting down
  • the effects of drinking while pregnant
  • the risks of drinking too much
  • advice and support if you’re caring for an alcoholic

You can also read other people’s stories, talk to others on the Liver Disorder Forum, take part in a 10 minute quiz to find out how healthy you are and download a drinks tracker app.

Local voluntary sector support for the over 50s

Drink Wise Age Well helps people make healthier choices about alcohol as they age.

They provide information on alcohol unit guidelines, tips for cutting down and where and how to get help if you need it

Drink Wise Age Well also runs social activities, befriending and volunteering opportunities. To find out what’s going on and what you can take part in visit

There’s also a free telephone advice line available 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday 0800 032 3723

National support

Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am-8pm, weekends 11am-4pm).

Support for family and friends

Al-Anon Family Groups offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. They run a helpline 10am -10pm 365 days a year which you can call for confidential help. They also hold regular meetings where members share their own experience of living with alcoholism.

Regular meetings are held in Sheffield. You can find when and where by visiting or by calling the helpline on 020 7403 0888.

There are also opportunities for 'phone meetings' and 'electronic'/'online' meetings.

Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for young people aged 12-17 years who have been affected by someone else's drinking, usually that of a parent. Alateen is not for teenage alcoholics, unless their lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen groups run in larger cities. Call 020 7593 2070 to find out if there’s a group near you. You can also call the helpline above to talk confidentially with someone.

Drug support

In Sheffield there are two drug treatment services:

Opiates service. If you’re using opiates (heroin or any other opiate based drug) contact the Opiate Service. You can call or drop-in. This is a free, confidential service.

Non Opiates service. If you’re using non opiates (including crack and/or powder cocaine, new psychoactive substances or ‘legal highs’, amphetamines, cannabis, ecstasy), contact the Non Opiate Service. You can call or drop-in. This is a free, confidential service.


The NHS Choices website has lots of information and advice on drug support including:

  • where to find help
  • different types of help available
  • how drugs affect your health
  • tips on talking to your children about drugs
  • support for families and friends of drug users

National support

Narcotics Anonymous is a national organisation of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. You can call their helpline 0300 999 12 12 or visit their website to find a local group.

Support for families and friends

Sheffield’s drug treatment service runs a family and friends support group. This is a confidential group providing a relaxed and informal support service to anyone who’s concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

The group meets at a central Sheffield venue on alternate Fridays 10am to 12pm and alternate Wednesdays 6.30pm to 8.30pm. For further information call (0114) 272 1481.

Last Updated: 23/10/2017
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